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Hardware and software requirements

To view Reserve PDF documents, you will need:

  1. A Macintosh or a Windows PC
  2. The Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later versions). In UNIX, PDF documents can display in Web browsers compatible with Netscape 4.0 (or later) only.
  3. A copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows or Macintosh.
  4. A connection to the Iowa State University network (ISN) via Ethernet or 9,600 bps or faster modem.

Initially, image files in Reserve will be stored in Portable Document Format, or PDF. These may be viewed using Adobe Acrobat software. Acrobat allows the handling of a variety of types of materials, both textual and graphical. Acrobat software retains the original format of the document and prevents users from modifying or reusing parts of a document. Large files are compressed so that they are manageable over the campus network.

To view a PDF file, you will need to obtain a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. A local copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the Library's web site, for your convenience. If you wish, you can also obtain a free copy of the reader from the Adobe web site, though at times the Adobe site is very busy. Acrobat also provides the additional capability of guiding the reading of a document by placing hyperlinks and bookmarks within and among PDF files.

Adobe Acrobat Reader includes tools that help visually impaired users access Adobe PDF documents by converting PDF into simple HTML or ASCII text. Conventional screen-reading programs then synthesize the text as audible speech.

NOTE: The quality and legibility of a scanned image will vary when displayed as a PDF file on your computer screen, based on a variety of factors. These include: the quality of the original document, the settings utilized when the document was scanned, and the resolution of your monitor. If you are attempting to read a PDF document on your screen, familiarize yourself with the various "View" options of the Acrobat Reader, especially those which permit magnification.

For more information and assistance see Help.

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